- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A former deputy general counsel at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has pleaded guilty in New York to submitting a falsified retainer letter.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Friday Christopher Hartwyk supplied a letter supposedly signed by a partner at a corporate law firm in 2009 that incorrectly stated the Port Authority would get a 15 percent discount for legal services. They say Hartwyk knew the firm never agreed to the lower rate.

The 53-year-old Essex, N.J., man pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Information for his attorney wasn’t immediately available.

Port Authority Inspector General Robert E. Van Etten says his office discovered the forged letter granting the cheaper billing rates.

He says Hartwyck violated the public trust.


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